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Kainuun maakunta
Kajanalands landskap
Coat of arms of Kainuu
Coat of arms
Kainuu on a map of Finland
Kainuu on a map of Finland
Country Finland
Historical province Ostrobothnia
 • Total 24,452.85 km2 (9,441.30 sq mi)
Population (2009)
 • Total 79,975
 • Density 3.3/km2 (8.5/sq mi)
Time zone EET (UTC+2)
 • Summer (DST) EEST (UTC+3)
ISO 3166 code FI-05
NUTS 134
Regional bird Siberian jay (Perisoreus infaustus)
Regional fish European smelt (Osmerus eperlanus)
Regional flower Heather (Calluna vulgaris)

Kainuu (Swedish: Kajanaland; Russian: Кайнуу) is a region (maakunta / landskap) of Finland. It borders the regions of Northern Ostrobothnia, North Karelia and Northern Savonia. In the east it also borders Russia. Kainuu is known in the ancient Norse sagas as Kvenland.

The administrative capital is Kajaani. Kainuu had 79 984 inhabitants in turn of years 2013 and 2014. The population is in decline. The nature of Kainuu features forested hills, lakes and vast expanses of uninhabited woods at its most typical — 95% of the land area is forest. The climate is continental.

Currently the population is in decline mainly because the traditional livelihood is agriculture which is not very profitable any more in that region.

The economy of Kainuu is also driven by the lumber industry, which employs 8% of the workforce in the region.[1] In addition, Kainuu Brigade, a base of the Finnish Defence Forces, is located near Kajaani.


  • Historical province 1
  • Municipalities 2
  • Gallery 3
  • See also 4
  • References 5
  • External links 6

Historical province

For history, geography and culture see: Ostrobothnia

For origin of the name Kainuu see: Origin of the name Kainuu


The municipalities of Kainuu:
1. Kajaani
2. Vaala
3. Paltamo
4. Ristijärvi
5. Sotkamo
6. Kuhmo
7. Suomussalmi
8. Hyrynsalmi
9. Puolanka

Kainuu has nine municipalities.

A new, democratically elected organ, the regional council (maakuntavaltuusto), was tested in Kainuu in 2005-2015. The municipalities in Finland are independent, but this independence has been questioned as health care, among other responsibilities of the municipalities, is difficult to govern on such a small scale. The municipalities in Kainuu tested a model, where health care and some other services were produced on the regional level. The administrative experiment ended on December 31st 2012 but its results may still be seen in the organisations involved.


See also


  1. ^ Kainuun Metsänomistajien Liitto

External links

  • (English) Kainuu (official site).
  • Portal

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